Thanks Bruce, you may have been an influence on the decision.yes it is the right choice, rest easy.
I’ve hunted ibex more than sheep and have been using a 7mm Mag. I’ve had good luck with Barnes 160gr in this caliber. I also have a new 6.5 PRC that I believe is probably what I would recommend for you of all the new stuff out there. Reportedly it hits as hard as .300 Win at distance.i am looking at buying a new rifle which will mainly used for hunting sheep. i want the rifle to be light and to be really flat shooting since i may have to take shots out to 500 yards also if you have hunted sheep wat rifle did you use and why
Swaros tend to have shorter eye relief than I like, I have a few half moon scars on my right eyebrow. My choice would be any top quality scope with 4 inches eye relief. JMI bought a Weatherby MK-V Backcountry Ti in 6.5Wby RPM from Weatherby's custom shop for use as a mountain rifle. It is very light, about 6-1/2 lbs.- mounted with a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18x44P. I have been shooting factory 127LRX ammo and it is chronographing at listed box speed but has more extreme spread than I would like. So far, overall, I am happy with it.
'Have an old VHS video of Jim Zumbo bighorn sheep hunting with his new (at the time) Win 70 in 30-06 (he wanted a 270 but the orders were backlogged at the time.) He bagged one at 500 yds because he practiced and knew the rifle well! 'Have a rem pump carbine 3006 that i'd shoot at 300 (w/ a 1-5x) if I had to, but it's not my preference for that sort of hunting...I'm an amateur at sheep hunting, having taken a Dall sheep and a mouflon. I used a 30-06 with 150 grain Hornady Interbond bullets. No complaints out to 300 yards if needed, though neither shot was over 100. My rifle was a Thompson/Center Encore with a synthetic stock and a Leupold VXII Ultralight 3-9X, 33mm.That scope made a world of difference for weight and balance on that rifle. That said I know of a few very dedicated sheep and goat hunters. My coworker would be the most worldly. He has taken several Dall sheep and I think three mountain goats (one each this year) in Alaska and appears to be working on some kind of Ovis slam so he's been all over the world. His caliber of choice is a 7mm STW. Looking at the ballistics that round was created for reaching out to 500 yards and hitting with authority.
The rifle can certainly do farther, but under field conditions 300 is generally my limit. My partner and I were looking over two rams for easily an hour at 300-teens range I could have taken had either ram been legal. We had a good spot to shoot prone from with not a trace of cover between us and them so that was it. They were bedded and the larger was even broadside. But it was not quite full curl. I got a great ram two days later.'Have an old VHS video of Jim Zumbo bighorn sheep hunting with his new (at the time) Win 70 in 30-06 (he wanted a 270 but the orders were backlogged at the time.) He bagged one at 500 yds because he practiced and knew the rifle well! 'Have a rem pump carbine 3006 that i'd shoot at 300 (w/ a 1-5x) if I had to, but it's not my preference for that sort of hunting...